Our Week In The Web: August 22, 2014

We remain fascinated by shifting perceptions of newsworthiness in what could reasonably be described as a rather depressing news week. Some of you out there long for wall-to-wall coverage of protests in Ferguson, MO, while others claim the protests have received more than enough attention, thank you very much. Others wonder why we haven't covered the Islamic State / Islamic State in Iraq and Syria / Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in greater detail, while many others say it isn't worth giving the terrorist group any more attention at all. In a complicated and confusing world, it can be hard to pay attention to everything everywhere, all the time. We certainly give it our best when we plan our weeks, but we also know that we're going to disappoint more than a few of our friends and listeners out there by not giving the proper attention to the right stories fast enough. What does this have to do with the Internet? Quite a lot — we ask you for input, and we see the things you say on the web. While it might not seem immediately obvious, be assured: we're here to serve your interests, and we hope our coverage and content reflects that (eventually).

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (August 15, 2014 — August 22, 2014)

1. The Educated Sheep Of The Ivy League (August 18, 2014)

2. The Militarization Of America’s Local Police Forces (August 19, 2014)

3. Race, Class And Ferguson (August 20, 2014)

4. Week In The News: Ferguson, Iraq And Remembering Robin Williams (August 15, 2014)

5. Healthy Food, Fast (August 15, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

"'The only way to remove a dead hamster was to institute a new dorm rule: no pets, dead or alive." — Stephanie Wu

"It's not as easy as saying, 'Get A Job!' You might need two, three different jobs." — Ann Huff Stevens

"You have people who think we're in a post-racial moment. But every day, people confront inequalities in this country." — Yohuru Williams

"'I want to live in a society where the really good poets don't study math, but everybody else should."-- Yishai Schwartz

Our Favorite Comments (Facebook, Twitter and Disqus) From This Week

"A roommate did wallpaper his room with macaroni and cheese boxes after buying 100 of the off-brand version for a nickel apiece. Took a while, but he did it. I miss that guy." (Richard Faymonville)

"I heard someone call it SLACKTIVISM." (@Ketchcast)

"Differing taste in music is one thing, but my wife had a roommate in college who continuously played whalesong recordings. I’ll just leave it at that." (Doug Carpenter)

"Everyone I know who works in retail speaks of the dreaded “clopen”.  Both common & bad enough to have a proper name now." (@Ian_TWL)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This mesmerizing web app showing when and where in the world two people hit 'Play' on the same Spotify track at the exact same time. (Spotify)


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